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The MSc Information Technology is an intensive, practically-oriented course. It provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing subjects to develop key specialist skills for a career in Computing. Read more

Introduction

The MSc Information Technology is an intensive, practically-oriented course. It provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing subjects to develop key specialist skills for a career in Computing. It is ideal for complementing your expertise with core computing skills.
Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first-hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. We also regularly invite industry experts to share their expertise with students through seminars and talks.
You will also get prepared for finding and securing a great job after completing this course through an integrated structured personal and professional development programme. This programme covers crucial topics such as self-image, body language, interview techniques, assessment centre strategies, conflict resolution as well as CV preparation and job targeting techniques.

Accreditation

The BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is the foremost professional and learned society in the field of computers and information systems in the UK. The Division of Computing Science and Mathematics is an Educational Affiliate of the BCS.
The MSc in Information Technology course is accredited by the BCS as partially meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) registration. CITP is the professional member level of the BCS ('partially meeting' is the normal level of accreditation for such MSc courses, and does not indicate a shortcoming! Additional training/experience is required for full registration.)

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Simon Jones

Course objectives

This is an intensive 12-month course which provides an opportunity for non-computing graduates to develop key specialist skills suitable for a career in Computing. It is ideal for those who wish to complement their knowledge and expertise with core computing skills in order to apply them to a new career. Our company sponsored MSc projects will provide an ideal pathway into the industry.
The MSc Information Technology is an intensive, practically-oriented course.
By studying this course students will study in depth key topics including:
- software development
- enterprise database systems
- web technologies
- benefit from research-led teaching
- demonstrate acquired research and development skills by undertaking a substantial piece of software project work
- prepare for positions in the IT industry

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Career opportunities

The MSc in Information Technology will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. As a graduate of Information Technology, you will be in demand in a range of sectors including health, IT software organisations, service enterprises, engineering and construction firms as well as in the retail sector.
Previous students have been very successful in obtaining suitable employment in the Information Technology field in aconsiderable diversity of posts - some with small companies, others with major UK organisations, with Local Authority and Government bodies as well as in the field of Higher Education.
Here are some recent posts that IT students have taken up:
- IBM, Perth: Junior IT Specialist
- CAP-GEMINI, Glasgow
- AIT, Henley-on-Thames: Graduate Trainee Database Administrator
- Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh: MVS Team (Mainframe Support)
- British Airways, Hounslow: Programmer
- Ark Computing Solutions Ltd, Perth: Programmer/Developer
- Lancaster University, English Dept: Java programmer
- Rothes Infographics, Livingston: Trainee Software Developer

More generally, common job profiles of our graduates are:
- As a Systems Analyst, you will work on solving computer problems. This might involve adapting existing systems or using new technologies designing a new software solution In doing so, you will design software, write code, and test and fix software applications. You might also be involved in providing documentation for users. Typically, you would work as part of a larger team.

- IT Consultants closely work with clients (often at the clients premises) and advise them on how to use computer technology and applications to best meet their business needs. You will work with clients to improve their efficiency of using computer systems. This may involve the adaptation/customisation of software applications, or the development of custom applications for the specific needs of the customer. As well as technical duties, you may be involved in project management.

- Applications Developers translate software requirements into programming code, and will usually specialise in a specific area, such as computer games or web technology. Often developers work as part of a larger team. You may be in charge of developing a certain component or part of a larger application.

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This course has been designed to meet the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. Read more
This course has been designed to meet the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for both practicing engineers and those considering a career in engineering.

The course has been designed to provide an in-depth insight into the technical workings, management and economics of the electrical power industry.

Objectives

This programme has been designed to meet the industrial demand for the training and education of both existing and future engineers in the advanced concepts of sustainable electrical power and energy generation. The aims are to produce graduates of a high calibre with the right skills and knowledge who will be capable of leading teams involved in the operation, control, design, regulation and management of power systems and networks of the future.

The programme aims to:
-Provide you with the ability to critically evaluate methodologies, analytical procedures and research methods.
-Provide an advanced education in electrical power engineering.
-Give you the education, knowledge and the skills you need to make sound decisions in a rapidly changing electricity supply industry.
-Provide a sound understanding of the principles and techniques of electrical power engineering.
-Give a broad knowledge of the issues and problems faced by electrical power engineers.
-Give a solid working knowledge of the techniques used to solve these problems.
-Provide a foundation in power systems principles for graduates with an engineering background.
-Demonstrate the practical relevance of these principles to the operation of successful enterprises in the broad field of electrical power engineering.
-Familiarise professional engineers and graduates with the theory and application of new technologies applied to power systems.

Academic facilities

Students in City's Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering benefit from a recent lab equipment upgrade worth £130,000. This includes photovoltaic trainers, three phase synchronous machines, AC motor speed control machines, single and three phase transformers, thryistor controllers, a power systems mainframe and power systems virtual instrumentation.

The equipment is essential in training students to be highly skilled professionals in the energy industry.

The photovoltaic trainer, for instance, is a desk-top instrument which teaches the fundamental principles of photovoltaic energy. The 'photovoltaic effect' is a method of energy generation which converts solar radiation into an electrical current using semiconductors arranged into solar cells.

Teaching and learning

Modules are delivered by academics actively involved in energy related research, as well as visiting lecturers from the power industry who provide a valuable insight into the operation of energy companies.

Industry professionals give several seminars throughout the year. At least two industrial trips are organised per academic year.

Modules

The modules for this course are delivered over two semesters, with weekly lessons scheduled over two days a week. The third semester is spent completing a project that involves writing a dissertation and presenting findings. This course is organised into eight modules provided on a weekly basis.

Course content
-Introduction to Power Systems & Energy Management EPM874 (15 credits)
-Systems Modelling EPM744 (15 credits)
-Renewable Energy Fundamentals and Sustainable Energy Technologies EPM879 (15 credits)
-Transmission and Distribution Systems Management EPM875 (15 credits)
-Power Systems Design and Simulation EPM423 (15 credits)
-Power Electronics EPM501 (15 credits)
-Power Systems Protection and Grid Stability EPM990 (15 credits)
-Economics of the Power Industry EPM101 (15 credits)
-Dissertation EPM949 (60 credits)

Career prospects

Graduates are prepared for careers that encompass a variety of roles in the power industry, from technical aspects to management roles. Previously graduates have found jobs as engineers, managers and analysts in the power sector, with companies such as:
-OFGEM
-National Grid
-UK Power Networks
-EON
-EDF
-Vattenfall
-Caterpillar
-Railroad
-Graduates may also wish to further their research in the energy field by considering a PhD

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This one year MSc programme in Statistics and Computational Finance aims to train students to work as professional statisticians, not only at the interface between statistics and finance, but to provide skills applicable in sociology, health science, medical science, biology, and other scientific areas where data analysis is needed. Read more
This one year MSc programme in Statistics and Computational Finance aims to train students to work as professional statisticians, not only at the interface between statistics and finance, but to provide skills applicable in sociology, health science, medical science, biology, and other scientific areas where data analysis is needed.

The emphasis of the programme is on data analysis. It equips students with contemporary statistical ideas and methodologies as well as advanced knowledge, which will make students very competitive to industry, academic and governmental institutions. There are excellent career prospects for employment in industry and the public sector for our graduates. An MSc degree in Statistics and Computational Finance provides attractive employment opportunities in financial industries, government, consultancy companies, research centres, and other industries where data analysis is needed. Students with an interest in academic work may also decide to continue on a PhD programme in Statistics or a related field, for which the MSc in Statistics and Computational Finance provides a sound foundation.

Career opportunities

There are excellent career prospects for students with a background in statistics and data analysis. The programme is designed to equip students with contemporary statistical ideas and methodologies which makes our students very competitive when seeking employment in industry and governmental institutions, as well as in academic careers. The skills taught are applicable in sociology, health science, medical science, biology and other related disciplines where data analysis is needed.

Recent destinations of graduates from the MSc in Statistics and Computational Finance have included:
-PhD in the Department of Mathematics at the University of York (Non-parametric modelling in high dimensional data analysis)
-PhD at Florida State University
-Modelling Analyst (automotive data provider)
-Graduate Technical Analyst (HSBC)
-Research and Development in a Property and Casualty Insurance company, specialising in catastrophe insurance
-Mainframe Software Solution Sales in a major IT brand
-Data Analyst in a health data company
-Trainee Chartered Accountant

Programme structure

To achieve an MSc degree students must complete modules to the value of 180 credits, including 100 credits of core taught modules, 20 credits chosen among the optional taught modules, and a 60-credit dissertation.

Students who successfully complete 60 credits of taught modules may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

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